knee deep in weeds

notes on living a life

rain || week 45

“To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.” 
― Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain  

the rain hinders both of us
causing him to hesitate at the back door
tail down and nose sniffing the cool, clean air,
let's go i say; as i walk him out onto the deck
i stand, in my morning sweats as the rain falls around us
then dart quickly back inside as soon as he heads down the stairs
and out into the yard

waiting at the gate 

“That which is around me does not affect my mood; my mood affects that which is around me.” 
― Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

the rain is relentless
and one day i make three loaves of bread
then wonder what i am thinking
as it takes us so long to get through just one loaf any more
but it screams comfort food; full of nuts and seeds
and tiny bits of dates
and it fills the house with that fresh baked bread smell
and it makes the very best toast

every day we bundle up,
he in his bright blue rain slicker
me in my gore tex and knitted hat
because if we don't, we both get cranky
heading out between downpours,
i tuck my camera deep inside my coat
along with a few treats for him
and take my chances . . . 

“To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live.” 
― Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain   

and then one day we wake to sun
i bag the gym (even though i know guilt may haunt me)
and we head to the river to walk the trail
he works the path, searching for new smells
rarely lifting his nose long enough to enjoy the sights
while i seek fall colors and liquid landscapes
along the way we meet a coon hound
whose baying puts his to shame,
although he gives it his best shot
as we dog-lovers stand beside them and laugh 

“People are always worried about what's happening next. They often find it difficult to stand still, to occupy the now without worrying about the future. People are generally not satisfied with what they have; they are very concerned with what they are going to have.” 
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain  

how was your week?